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Studying Abroad

The University of Mannheim offers its students numerous opportunities to spend one or two semesters abroad. You will expand your specialist knowledge, improve your foreign language skills, and immerse yourself in a new culture. Find out what steps you need to take to apply.

Applying for the university's exchange programs

Step 1:

Get informed.

Step 2:

Decide on a stay abroad.

Step 3:

Apply for the universities where you would like to spend a semester abroad.

Step 1: Get informed

We recommend the central information sessions on studying abroad offered by the International Office as your first source of information. The exchange coordinators of the International Office will be at your disposal if you have any general questions regarding your stay abroad (e.g. application, visa, health insurance, financing).

Please direct any subject-specific questions regarding the choice of courses and the recognition of coursework and examinations directly to the departmental exchange coordinators at the School of Social Sciences.

Step 2: Decide

Please use the following questions as guidelines for your decision-making process:

1. Do I want to spend one semester or an entire year abroad or do I prefer a shorter period for my stay abroad?

2. Would I like to study abroad, do an internship or maybe even combine the two? Or is a summer school an alternative for me?

3. Which language(s) do I speak and at which level? So which regions of the world are open to me?

4. When do I want to go abroad? When is the respective application deadline?

5. What is financially feasible and what scholarships are available? Would I prefer a partner university where I do not have to pay any fees, or can I, as a free mover, also afford a university that charges me (high) tuition fees?

Step 3: Apply

 

Depending on your destination and your desired mobility period, different partner universities may be suitable for you.
Before submitting your application, research your target destination(s) in the database of partner universities and name your five priorities.


Application deadlines for studying abroad

  • Deadlines for bachelor’s programs

    Destination fall fall & spring spring spring & fall
    Europe January 1 of the year of the stay abroad January 1 of the year of the stay abroad April 30 of the year before the stay abroad -
    Overseas North (USA, Canada, Mexico, Asia (except for Japan), Africa October 15 of the year before the stay abroad October 15 of the year before the stay abroad October 15 of the academic year before the stay abroad -
    Overseas South (Australia, South America, Japan) April 30 of the year before the stay abroad - April 30 of the year before the stay abroad April 30 of the year before the stay abroad
  • Deadlines for master’s programs

    Destination fall fall & spring spring spring & fall
    Europe January 1 of the year of the stay abroad January 1 of the year of the stay abroad April 30 of the year before the stay abroad -
    Overseas North (USA, Canada, Mexico, Asia (except for Japan), Africa October 15 of the year before the stay abroad October 15 of the year before the stay abroad October 15 of the academic year before the stay abroad -
    Overseas South (Australia, South America, Japan) April 30 of the year before the stay abroad - April 30 of the year before the stay abroad April 30 of the year before the stay abroad

During my semester abroad, I found a second home. Glasgow is an open city with humorous people - and being part of the Erasmus community, I felt immediately at home. Studying at another university does not only bring new knowledge and new acquaintances, but also changes and enriches your perspective on your home country. There is no question that the five months that I spent in Glasgow are one of the most exciting periods of my life.

Simon Steiger, B.Sc. Psychology, University of Glasgow

My semester abroad in Northern Ireland was an incredibly enriching experience. The Queen's University Belfast is an outstanding university, ideally suited to international students, offering plenty of opportunities to make new friends and spend an unforgettable semester together. The historic city of Belfast, the second largest city on the Irish island, is not far from Dublin. If you've had enough of the city’s great museums and sights, you can enjoy breathtaking coastal walks in the immediate vicinity - the perfect reward for your academic commitment!

Fahima Farkhari, M.Sc. Psychology - Cognitive and Clinical Psychology, Queen's University Belfast / Private photo

My semester abroad in Japan has been an experience I will never forget. From huge house fronts with loud neon lights to vast natural areas - the country is incredibly diverse. What I will remember most are the people from all over the world as they taught me a lot and I had a lot of fun with them. During my semester abroad, I learned that we might have different cultures, yet we all have the same motives and needs and speak a common language. Japan is the perfect destination for all those who want to step out of their comfort zone, grow personally, and enjoy great food.

Anil-Melih Sahin, M.Sc. Psychology - Work, Economy and Society, Hitotsubashi University
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Database of Partner Universities

Choose from up to 100 exchange programs offered by the School of Social Sciences.

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Going Abroad as a Free Mover

What to do if you want to organize your stay abroad yourself.

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Applying

Applications via Mobility-Online are submitted to the International Office.

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Questions and Answers on Financing

Information on scholarships and financing abroad.

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How-to: Learning Agreement

Before you go abroad, a recognition agreement must be concluded.

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Recognition of Credits Obtained Abroad

Studying abroad without being set back in your studies in Mannheim.

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Would You Prefer a Short-Term Program?

Another way to gain international experience.

    FAQ

  • Can I go abroad without having to extend my studies?

    We encourage all students to go abroad during their studies.

    If you would like to have the courses and examinations you take at a university abroad recognized, please contact the program managers and/or departmental exchange coordinators before leaving. They will coordinate the courses to be recognized with you. By concluding a Learning Agreement, it is usually possible to stay within the regular period of study.

  • When and where do I apply for an academic leave of absence?

    You can apply for leave of absence during your studies citing a valid reason (section 61 subsection 1 of the Act on Higher Education of the Land of Baden-Württemberg (LHG)).
    A valid reason for being granted an academic leave of absence is for example:

    • an internship,
    • a semester abroad,
    • maternity leave / parental leave / parenting, or
    • health issues.

    The application must be filed before the semester it corresponds to begins. Further information can be obtained from Student Services.

  • What happens if I do not want to have a course taken abroad recognized?

    If you decide not to have a course recognized even after you have concluded a Learning Agreement, simply delete it from the Learning Agreement yourself before submitting a request for recognition of your credits obtained abroad to the Central Examination Committee (ZPA). Please note that you will then have to take the corresponding course in Mannheim.

    If you have already had the course recognized, you can also use your attempt at improvement in Mannheim to retake the examination taken abroad in order to improve your grade. Please register your attempt at improvement personally at the Student Services.

    General questions

  • Advice and support provided by the International Office

    Kathrin Blitzke

    Kathrin Blitzke

    Team Coordinator / Study Abroad and Bilateral Agreements European Exchange Programs I (UK, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg)
    University of Mannheim
    Division II - Student Affairs
    International Office
    L 1, 1 – Room 105
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mon 9 a.m.–noon and Wed 2–5 p.m.
    and by appointment
    Kerstin Bach

    Kerstin Bach

    Erasmus Institutional Coordinator / Erasmus Staff Exchange / Study Abroad and Bilateral Agreements European Exchange Programs II (France, Spain, Italy, Portugal)
    University of Mannheim
    Division II - Student Affairs
    International Office
    L 1, 1 – Room 160
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mon 9 a.m.–noon and Wed 2–5 p.m.
    and by appointment
    Lukas Dausend

    Lukas Dausend

    Study Abroad and Bilateral Agreements Overseas Exchange Programs II (South America, Asia, Africa, Israel) – European Exchange Programs III (Northern and Eastern Europe, Switzerland)
    University of Mannheim
    Division II - Student Affairs
    International Office
    L 1, 1 – Room 160
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mon 9 a.m.–noon and Wed 2–5 p.m.
    and by appointment
    Carita Emmerich-Wessels

    Carita Emmerich-Wessels

    Study Abroad and Bilateral Agreements Overseas Exchange Programs I (North America, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand)
    University of Mannheim
    Division II - Student Affairs
    International Office
    L 1, 1 – Room 105
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mon 9 a.m.–noon and Wed 2–5 p.m.
    and by appointment